U-16 girls face Japan today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:41, Sep 18,2019


Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s team players are seen during a swimming session at their team in Chonburi, Thailand on Tuesday. — BFF photo

Bangladesh girls will go for a tough test when they will face three times champions Japan in their second match of the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship 2019 at the IPE Chonburi Stadium in Thailand today.

The Group-A match will begin at 3 pm Bangladesh standard time.

Japan are far ahead of Bangladesh in terms of success in the final round of this tournament as they have emerged champions thrice in 2005, 2011 and 2013 while Bangladesh are just making their second appearance in the final round.

In the last edition, Bangladesh lost to Japan by 0-3 before a 2-3 and a 0-9 loss against Australia and defending champions North Korea.

Bangladesh also made dismal start in this edition with 0-1 loss against hosts Thailand on September 15 though coach Golam Rabbani Choton was optimistic about their chances against Japan.

‘Japan, of course, are one of the best teams in Asia. They finished runners-up in 2016 [FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup]. Against Japan, I hope, our girls’ will leave a mark as a developing side. Girls must try to play a competitive game,’ he told reporters Tuesday.

Though Bangladesh lost the first game, the coach said that his charges played well in the first game against Thailand.

‘Our girls, though lost, played well in the first game. We tried to boost up our girls before Japan match. We worked to correct their mistakes,’ he added.

Bangladesh captain Maria Manda said that her side would give their best and expected a good result after start the campaign with disappointment.

‘We will fight by giving our best in our second match tomorrow [Wednesday]. We will try to make a good result. We are disappointed as we could not get at least a draw against Thailand and it made us more determined before our second game. Japan are an excellent team, but we will try,’ she said.

The champions and runners-up teams of the tournament will represent Asia alongside hosts India in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.

Bangladesh are pitted in four-team Group A alongside hosts Thailand, Japan and Australia while Group B comprises defending champions North Korea, runners-up South Korea, China and Vietnam.

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